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AAA Report: Drowsy Driving As Bad or Worse Than Drunk Driving

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Most drivers know that drinking and driving can result in serious injury or death, thanks to the work of groups such as M.A.D.D. and other public safety advocates. But very few realize that sleep deprivation, even at seemingly minimal levels, can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as drinking. According to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss just one to two hours of the recommended seven-hour sleep cycle in a 24-hour period nearly double at risk of crashing. The risk of crashing more than quadruples when drivers miss between two and three ... Read More

More Than 7 Accidental Amputations Occur Daily in U.S. Workplaces

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Across the country, U.S. workers suffer more than seven accidental on-the-job amputations a day, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). That estimate, based on amputation reporting requirement data OSHA has collected since the beginning of 2015, may seem high but it is almost certainly much higher because it does not take into account workplace accidents that occur in states with their own reporting requirements and response plans. According to OSHA, more than 90 percent of the reported amputations involved fingers. Workers also lost hands, toes, feet, and other body parts. Amputations occur most often when workers operate ... Read More

Mother of Woman Killed By Robotic Machine Sues Alabama Hyundai Supplier

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The mother of an Alabama woman crushed to death by a robotic machine in June has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Cusseta, Ala. automotive supplier where she worked and a staffing agency. Regina Allen Elsea, 20, of Five Points, Ala., was employed at the Ajin USA manufacturing facility, which makes parts for Hyundai and Kia. On June 8, Ms. Elsea and three coworkers were sent to reactivate a robotics machine that had become jammed. The machine abruptly restarted during the cleaning process with Ms. Elsea inside the operation zone. Ms. Elsea was taken to East Alabama Medical Center and ... Read More

Hyundai Supplier, Staffing Agencies Fined $2.5M After Alabama Woman’s Crushing Death

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A Korean auto supplier in Cusseta, Ala., and two Opelika staffing agencies face fines of more than $2.5 million for safety violations that contributed to the death of a 20-year-old east Alabama woman two weeks before her wedding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hit Ajin USA, Alliance Total Solutions, and Joynus Staffing Corp. with a total of 27 citations for safety violations found during an inspection of the Ajin plant in Cusseta.  Ajin is a global auto parts supplier with plants in South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the U.S. It manufactures parts for Hyundai and Kia and employs ... Read More

El Faro Communications reveal Panicked Crew As Captain Maintained Path Toward Hurricane

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Panicked crewmembers on the doomed El Faro cargo ship urged Captain Michael Davidson to change course to avoid a powerful hurricane, but transcripts of shipboard audio released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Dec. 13 reveal the captain twice ignored their warnings and took the ship on a collision course with the storm. Part of the transcripts depicts frenzied chaos and despair as some of the 33 crew members realize their fate on the morning of Oct. 1, 2015. An exchange between the captain and one crew member attempting to reach the bridge in the ship’s final moments ends ... Read More

School Bus Driver In Deadly Baltimore Crash Had History of Crashes, Seizures

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The driver of a Baltimore school bus that collided head-on with a city transit bus, killing six people and injuring 11 others, had a record of previous crashes, had been suffering from seizures, lacked a valid driver’s license, and was speeding, federal crash investigators said. Driver Glen Chappell, who was among those killed in the crash, did not file his medical certificate allowing him to drive a school bus with the Maryland Vehicle Administration, which means he was operating the school bus illegally on Nov. 1, the day of the crash. Mr. Chappell was employed by AA Affordable Transportation, which ... Read More

Unreported Finger Amputation Leads to $75K in Fines For Penn. Window Manufacturer

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A safety complaint filed against a Pennsylvania window manufacturer alleging the company failed to report the accidental amputation of a worker’s finger led to a federal safety inspection and nearly $75,000 in fines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it received a complaint about an amputation injury that happened in January 2016 at the Crystal Window and Door Systems plant in Dalton, Penn., but went unreported. A new rule adopted by OSHA requiring employers to report amputations and any other workplace injuries that result in hospitalization went into effect in January 2015. The agency also said it responded ... Read More

Burning Death of Pipefitter Leads to Safety Fines For Refinery, Welding Contractor

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Federal safety regulators said critical safety violations led to the gruesome death of a 38-year-old pipefitter in South Dakota who suffered fatal burn injuries after ethanol spilled from a process pipe he was working on and became ignited by flames from nearby welding operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it cited two companies for safety violations following the worker’s death after an investigation turned up multiple violations. Bilfinger-Westcon, the worker’s employer and project construction contractor, faces $62,355 in penalties for five serious violations. Refinery owner and operator Sioux River Ethanol LLC, operating as Poet Biorefining-Hudson, faces $37,413 ... Read More

Ohio Truck Trailer Liner Factory Penalized For Amputation Risks

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For at least two years, an Ohio manufacturer of thermoplastic lining systems for truck bodies and trailers exposed workers to the risk of amputation and other serious injuries by disabling safety devices to speed production. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it inspected the Pataskala, Ohio-based Ridge Corporation’s Frazeyburg, Ohio, manufacturing facility in October. During the inspection, OSHA officials found that Ridge sacrificed worker safety for faster production by disabling the light curtain safety mechanisms that stop machinery and prevent workers’ hands from coming in contact with the machine’s moving parts. “OSHA’s investigation found the company’s leadership ... Read More

American Airlines Flight Aborts Takeoff After Fiery Engine Failure

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An American Airlines airplane bound for Miami skidded to a halt on the runway at Chicago O’Hare Airport Friday afternoon after an “uncontained engine failure” sent pieces of the engine flying and caused part of the plane to burst into flames. Twenty people were taken to the hospital with injuries, most of them minor and caused during an emergency evacuation of the plane. The airplane was carrying 161 passengers and nine crewmembers. AA Flight 383 had just started taking off about 2:23 p.m. when the pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was “stopping on the runway.” Air traffic ... Read More